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AI, used correctly, can help solve some of our most pressing employment law issues

By Darran Brennan The World Economic Forum has defined Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an element of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and something which will change our world and workplaces. This is similar to the changes envisaged during the previous industrial revolutions (let’s not forget the fears of the Luddites) but what is different now […]

How Vodafone reviewed its legal team’s workflow

In the second half of 2015 Vodafone began to review the workflow of its property legal team. The impetus behind the move was to get away from the in-house team’s immersion in every part of the property process, allied to a requirement across the business for greater efficiency, visibility of risk and digitisation. The Vodafone […]

Facebook: you have a £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office

By Andrew Mills Facebook is set to be fined £500,000, the maximum amount possible, for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998). Due of the timing of the breaches, the ICO was unable to levy the fines introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which caps fines at the higher level of 20m […]

30 years on, the role of semi-contentious practitioners is growing

By Gavin Ferguson and Alice Bricogne In this Q&A Advocate Gavin Ferguson and senior associate Alice Bricogne explain how changes in the industry since the trusts boom in the 1980s and early 1990s have led to the blurring of the lines between contentious and non-contentious practitioners…

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­-in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

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Bi-coastal US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has continued its lateral hiring binge, with the appointment of the managing partner of US firm Shearman & Sterling’s Tokyo office. Grant Finlayson, a specialist in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and licensing agreements, will take one associate with him to Orricks. Shearman & Sterling will replace Finlayson with […]

Youth court pilot to join LAB's block contract plan

A new arbitration service for resolving business disputes will be launched next week backed by some of the top silks at the Bar. The service – Arbitration for Commerce & Industry, (ACI) – is aimed at banking, financial services and insurance disputes, according to ACI director Reziya Harrison who is a tenant at 11 Old […]

Bar Council's "back door'

With the many issues confronting the Bar – legal aid changes, increasing rights of audience for crown prosecutors and the increasing numbers of solicitor advocates, one would have thought that the Bar Council had better things to do than bother about the fact that a few barristers have requalified as solicitors but have not disbarred […]

Barrister's Rwanda facts

As the subject of your article “Barrister packs bags for Rwanda trials” (The Lawyer, 28 April) I would like to add some important points. Avocats sans Frontieres (ASF) desperately needs the assistance of volunteer lawyers who can take a month off work to go to Rwanda. All that is required is at least four years […]

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